Noah's Bagels

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Noah's Bagels Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
22 Reviews

2.7
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Worst job I had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lafayette, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, CA

    Pros

    met a couple good coworkers...that has nothing to with the company though.
    I cannot think of 1 positive thing.

    Cons

    the franchise is cheap and cuts corners on budgeting from (trashcans, pull carts & uniforms)
    customers treat the place like fast food and do not show any appreciation or respect
    no tips
    Store was always hot and uncomfortable..cheapskates on A/C
    employees only get 1 bagel free+ smear...everything else employee has to pay for at a 50% cost...cant even get a meal for free as a worker
    Manager does not train or show competence to manage employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Job, but management was severely lacking which made for a very chaotic work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Manager

    Pros

    The pay was decent for what was expected and the autonomy was nice at times.

    Cons

    Management, Management, Management. Too much politics and not enough promotion of talented people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice of the talent that is on the team and embrace it. Too many good people moved on to other things because they felt no support or were overwhelmed by insane demands. People don't leave a company, they leave management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A good exchange of time for money, nothing more

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    Current Employee - Shift Leader  in  Lafayette, CA
    Current Employee - Shift Leader in Lafayette, CA

    Pros

    Great hours, no late nights and as many or as few as you want. Good people around you, get to make lots of friends. The work itself is not hard at all, its a bagel shop.

    Cons

    Low pay, 1-2 dollars lower in every position compared to companies in the same shopping center. Incredibly high turnover, only worked for about a year and a half and was there longer then 98 percent of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Job for Starting Managers, Not Stable for Long Term

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Salary higher than most similar companies.

    Cons

    EVERYONE GETS FIRED! Despite the constant encouragement from Chief Operating Officer to Run it like you own it, the middle managers are in a constant state of firing people to avoid getting fired themselves. One time four location managers got fired on the same day. Many stores go months or years without any manager at all. Best advice, work your way up to GM, prove yourself for a few months and then get out before they decide to fire you for a crazy reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide pay stubs bi weekly. Pay managers for all the hours they put in outside their stores, like reading emails and taking calls from stores. Don't encourage managers to run it like they own it, tell them the truth, run it like the shareholders need instant cash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Years of blood sweat and tears wasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    Pros

    I held many titles during my 6 years with this company and being a baker was my favorite. Coming in at 2 am and being alone for a few hours just focusing on making each bagel and pastry look perfect was actually really fun. Hard work but I liked it. And the free food didn't hurt either.

    Cons

    Mandatory 50 hour work weeks for GMs
    No tips or holiday pay ever for staff. No incentives to offer
    Terrible training
    Nothing but negativity from district managers. No matter how well you're doing it's not good enough.
    Very high turn over rate. Pretty much everyone in corporate jumped ship while I was there
    High injury rate. Sending employees to the ER is common. I'm scarred for life from the oven and almost lost my finger tip

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    A LOT OF WORK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - General Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great pay!
    Great Benefits!
    Great stepping stone for someone without a college degree to make a good salary.

    Cons

    Long Days!
    Audits!
    SO structured, you can't breathe at times.
    No labor back-up. Working with the bare minimum amount of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allot more money for labor. Understand that in San Francisco labor precent average is well over the traditional 25%.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I Love Bagels and My Job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Catering Specialist  in  Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Catering Specialist in Lakewood, CO

    Pros

    I work within the catering department and love the autnomy and flexablity of my work. I feel as thought I am a vital part of the company and that my options and ideas actually matter. PLUS every friday our R&D cook up some sort of breakfast or lunch for the entire office

    Cons

    So much free food, It really can be a problem sometimes! Only other con is sometime I finish my projects earlier and don't have anything else to do so I work on my own projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing I love the team and the eniviroment and wouldn't trade this opportunity ofr the world. At this time I am under one of the most intensely business minded women and I love how much I am learning each day!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    good until new upper management

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    Former Employee - Retail Associate  in  Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Centennial, CO

    Pros

    hours are fantastic, great work life balance

    Cons

    a little shady when it comes to promotion, not totally upfront

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more forthright and upfront with better communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    work hard and no pay off

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager  in  Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Ventura, CA

    Pros

    nice coworkers, nice hours, nice customers.

    Cons

    the divisional management was very rude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    First Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good first job experience to start

    Cons

    very limited room for moving up in the company
    the company is not effective in its policies or business strategies
    hardly any holidays

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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